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Respiratory Care Team (Richmond)

The Respiratory Care Team (RCT) provides specialist assessment and case management for patients with long-term respiratory problems.

Patients can be referred to the service via their GP or other healthcare professional.  Referred patients receive a respiratory specialist assessment, which may result in changes to treatment to optimise their condition.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation is run by the Respiratory Care Team at Teddington Memorial Hospital and Richmond Rehabilitation Unit. This is an exercise programme especially for patients with breathing problems to increase functional levels and manage breathlessness. The programme runs for six weeks and consists of exercise, education and relaxation sessions.

The Respiratory Care Team also oversees home oxygen delivery within Richmond for respiratory patients and is able to assess and monitor patients on home oxygen via pulse oximetry or blood gases.

The team comprises of:

  • Respiratory physiotherapists
  • Respiratory nurse
  • Therapy assistant

 

Useful links: 

Psychological support for people in Rihcmond people with long-term health conditions, including respiratory problems, from Richmond Wellbeing Service:

Team contact details:

Tel: 020 8487 1783 

The team visits patients in their homes. They also offer telephone advice.

Opening times: 

Monday to Friday: 8.30am – 5.30pm

All referrals to the team should be made using the HRCH referral form through the trust's Single Point of Access service.

Referral criteria

This service is for patients:

  • who are aged 18 and over

  • who are registered with a GP within the NHS Richmond CCG area

  • who have a diagnosed respiratory long-term condition – including COPD, Pulmonary Fibrosis and Bronchiectasis

Exclusion criteria
  • Breathless patients without confirmed appropriate respiratory diagnosis

  • Asthma

  • Non-respiratory home oxygen assessment and review

  • Hannah Brown:  Respiratory Care Team Physiotherapist

  • Jennifer Blacklock-Allan:  Physiotherapist

  • Sharon Blyth: Therapy Assistant

  • Victoria Wright:  Physiotherapist

  • Rachel Audley:  Physiotherapist